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Jane Wong, Rena Priest and Samia Saliba, How to Not Be Afraid of Everything - IN PERSON

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Fri, 10/22/2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

We're thrilled to welcome WWU professor Jane Wong as she reads from her brand new poetry collection, How to Not Be Afraid of Everything. She'll be joined by Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest and former student, Samia Saliba! 

Spaces are limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to secure your spot so don't delay. 

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How to Not Be Afraid of Everything explores the vulnerable ways we articulate and reckon with fear: fear of intergenerational trauma and the silent, hidden histories of families. What does it mean to grow up in a take-out restaurant, surrounded by food, just a generation after the Great Leap Forward famine in 1958-62? Full of elegy and resilient joy, these poems speak across generations of survival.

Jane Wong is the author of How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). Her poems and essays can be found in places such as Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019, Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, POETRY, AGNI, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney's, and Ecotone. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships and residencies from Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room, the U.S. Fulbright Program, Artist Trust, the Fine Arts Work Center, Bread Loaf, Hedgebrook, Willapa Bay, the Jentel Foundation, Mineral School, and others. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.

Rena Priest is a poet and an enrolled member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. She has been appointed to serve as Washington State Poet Laureate for the term of April 2021–2023. Her debut collection, Patriarchy Blues was published by MoonPath Press and received an American Book Award. Her second collection, Sublime Subliminal is available from Floating Bridge Press. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. 

Samia Saliba (she/her) is an Arab-American writer, historian, and WWU alum based in Seattle, WA. She edited The Rachel Corrie Foundation’s Shuruq 4.5 Writing Showcase for writers of Arab heritage (2020) and was a RAWI Wet Hot Arab-American Summer fellow (2019). Her work has been published in Sycamore Review, Vagabond City Lit, Kissing Dynamite, Mizna, and elsewhere. Find her on twitter @sa_miathrmoplis or in real life petting a cat.

Online registration closes one hour prior to the event. Walk-ins will be welcome if there are available spaces.

How to Not Be Afraid of Everything Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948579216
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alice James Books - October 12th, 2021

Patriarchy Blues Cover Image
By Rena Priest, Lana Ayers (Editor)
ISBN: 9781936657278
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Moonpath Press - May 9th, 2017